Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 4 February 2018
Kick-Off at 14:15 UK
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).
Bottom-half rivals Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are set to come face to face in a highly important relegation-battle contest on Sunday afternoon at Selhurst Park. Nobody saw the Glaziers outside of the drop zone at this stage after a horrendous kick off to their campaign, but Roy Hodgson has managed to shift the team’s fortunes around since taking charge and Crystal Palace now sit three points adrift of the danger area coming into this tie with the Magpies.
The visitors, on the other side, dominated the Championship football in the previous term, but Rafael Benitez will still have a mountain to climb in order to save Newcastle United in the elite come May due to the lack of consistency his team has shown so far in the campaign. The Magpies had a rough schedule of late which cased back-to-back losses to Manchester City and Chelsea, but they did not shine in the league ties with the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Swansea City and Burnley either failing to clinch a single win against mentioned opponents in front of the home crowd.
The biggest issue for Benitez was actually the lack of creativity in the final third as Newcastle United have not scored two or more goals in any of last six league outings. Could this be changed now when Islam Slimani joined the team? Leicester’s loanee is about to make his debut on Sunday against the Glaziers and it will be interesting to see if he will get the chance to start past the likes of Joselu and Dwight Gayle.
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United: Head-to-head
The head to head stats would fancy Newcastle United who have won 14 of 24 meetings with the Glaziers.
This includes a narrow 1-0 victory from this term of Premier League when Mikel Merino’s late goal made the difference at St. James’ Park.
Both of last two H2H encounters between the two teams saw the identical 1-0 scoreline.
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United: Prediction
Palace have suffered only a single defeat in last ten matches at Selhurst Park (2-3 to Arsenal) and the opposition included the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City along the way.
Knowing that the Magpies generally tend to struggle to create in the final third this season, we can hardly see this trend stopped and backing Crystal Palace DNB seems to be a decent call at 1.44 odds here.
Also, since the match has a massive importance for both sides, we’ll take the Under 2.5 goals FT pick at the odds of 1.70.
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United: Bet Tips
Crystal Palace DNB @ 1.44
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.70